Why texting while driving is illegal

A woman wrecked her car as a result of texting while driving. - Courtesy photo
A woman wrecked her car as a result of texting while driving.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

If you needed any more evidence to prove that texting while driving is dangerous, you only have to look at the photo above.

A driver rolled her Toyota Rav 4, creating a one-car accident that blocked the eastbound lanes of Interstate I-90 in the Mount Baker tunnel.

The driver said she was was texting and looking down at her phone prior to the collision. Realizing traffic had stopped she attempted to avoid a collision, but lost control of her vehicle and struck the left barrier.

To make matters worse, the 520 bridge was closed that day, causing a huge traffic backup.

Texting while driving is illegal in our state and the driver was issued a $175 ticket. We pretty sure drivers stuck in the resulting mess had some other punishment in mind.

– Craig Groshart, Bellevue Reporter

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